Message from the Principal
Thank you for taking the time to look at our school website.
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Roger Irvine and I am delighted, honoured and humbled to be principal of Kircubbin Integrated Primary School. I fully subscribe to the core principles of integrated education (equality, faith and values, parental involvement and social responsibility) and I believe this to be the best way forward for all of our children as we in ‘our wee country’ continue to learn from the mistakes of our past in a new era of peace and inclusion.
At KIPS we have high standards of achievement from our pupils and through a continual process of self evaluation we aim to maintain and indeed improve on these standards. I believe that teaching is futile unless our children feel safe, secure and loved. A happy child is a receptive child, one who can reach their full potential and become a responsible future citizen. I am therefore delighted to be able to serve a very committed, professional and friendly team of staff and governors who work tirelessly for the benefit of all in their care.
It is crucial that we prepare our children for the future. To this end, I fully support a holistic approach to learning where children get as many varied opportunities as possible to discover more about themselves and where their skills, talents and interests lie. Consequently, I am thrilled that we can offer our pupils such a broad and balanced curriculum that includes the provision of iPads on a ‘one-to-one’ basis, the teaching of Spanish from P2-P7, an extensive Health and Well Being programme, as well as a host of extra curricular activities including my own favourite pastimes of sport and music.
Below and in navigating through this website, you will find out about some of the many activities we have on offer and I would also encourage you to watch our short promotional video situated on our homepage. However, this can only give you a little flavour of 'KIPS' life. If you would like to find out more about us and what we offer, I would be delighted to meet with you and show you around our excellent facilities. You will always be made to feel welcome at Kircubbin Integrated Primary School.
Did you know?
Kircubbin Integrated Primary school transformed to its integrated status in September 1998 and we have a current enrolment of over 200 pupils ranging from Primary 1 to Primary 7. We are situated on the shores of Strangford Lough in County Down.
The school has rapidly grown in recent times and a multi-stage extension project which added to the original school building has left us with the school we have today. The extension project modernised the original four classrooms and added three new classrooms and a new assembly hall/gym. As part of the project Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 (P1-P3) now have access to a dedicated play area which will be used to develop play based learning. Our provision for outdoor play is also extremely well resourced, with our eight stage outdoor play equipment project now completed. The children can use this amazing facility at break and lunch time as well as after school. We encourage outdoor learning and our pupils all participate in the Daily Mile. It's a great way to keep fit and also helps improve our mental health (one of our FIve Steps to Well Being).
We are determined to embrace the new technologies that all schools need. The school is equipped with a refurbished dedicated computer suite/library. The computer suite includes 32 PCs, enabling all pupils to have individual access to a PC when visiting. Every class is also equipped with laptops, SMART boards, a full set of iPads (enabling 'one-to-one' engagement) and Apple TV. This state of the art technology allows pupils to engage with their learning through a variety of formats. The Apple TV combined with the iPad, enables pupils to quickly share their work with the rest of the class through the interactive whiteboard. We also have 12 Sphero SPRK+ and iMats, wonderful resources for developing key coding skills in the classroom.
At KIPS we offer Wrap Around Care with a Breakfast Club from 7.45am to 8.45am and KIPS Care in the afternoons until 5pm. Spaces are limited and can be booked via our School Money app.